Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Merman, Michael Pēna
Director: David Ayer
Infuriating film (see what I did there?) about a tank and the people who man it, during the Second World War in Germany. With a cast that covers all the token minorities, and has Brad Pitt as the benevolent middle aged white guy tasked with leading them, who is clearly intended to be the cultured one, but isn’t particularly. The rumours about what the director put the cast through before filming made the movie a curiosity, and the stories about it’s gritty realism were put about before it’s release, but sadly are not reflected at all in the finished product. It’s puerile garbage with very little logic, emotion or realism, either on a historical or personal level.
There’s an awful (and awfully long) scene in the house of a German woman. I will relate some of it to you as a microcosm of the whole: A mother has hidden her pretty daughter under the bed in order for her not to get raped by the invading troops. Brad Pitt and his protégé enter the house. The young woman is immediately discovered, and brought out. The women then are forced to cook for them, and the youngest to have sex with the younger soldier. However, the scene is played as though a German woman would be happy to cook for an invading American (what??) and that the younger girl would love to have sex with a stanger who is invading, even though she was clearly in hiding from that very situation. Thinking back to how this is before the sexual revolution and how women who slept with the enemy had very very bad things happen to them, let alone that the poor thing had to sleep with a stranger… It’s all so awful to the point of being offensive. And is only one, just ONE scene in this awful awful film.
See It If: You’re an adolescent boy or if you hate yourself.